Arizona Silver Belle: Quihuis holds lead
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Dec. 29, 2013) - Krystal Quihuis, a senior at Tucson's Salpointe Catholic High School, shot a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to hold the lead after the second round of the prestigious 43rd annual Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship presented by the AB Farrington Foundation.

Quihuis, a member of the U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team, led after the first round and takes a three-shot lead into Monday's final round over Arizona State University freshman Mikayla Harmon and Vanderbilt University freshman Simin Feng. Quihuis is at 10-under 134 after two rounds in the three-day tourney for female golfers from ages 13 to 23 at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.

Feng, from Windermere, Fla., had a 5-under round of 67 on Sunday to move into the final group while Harmon, of Gilbert, shot 2-under to finish the second day at 7-under 137 overall.

"I just went out with the mindset that I was going to have fun today, just play, it's very simple," said Harmon, who graduated from Hamilton High School in Chander. "During high school, I played this course a lot so I am very familiar with it. But it's still the best player who plays the course the best. People can have really good days."

Jiyoon Jang, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., shot a sparkling 8-under 64 on Sunday, including an eagle-3 on the 480-yard par-5 sixth hole, moving into fourth, at 6-under for the tournament. Jang is a sophomore at Palm Desert High School.

Right behind her is Scottsdale's Madison Kerley, who had 5-under 67 on Sunday, including birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to put her in the second-to-last group on the final round.

"I had a bogey-free round so I had some good comeback putts to save par on a couple holes," said Kerley, a junior at Xavier Prep in Phoenix. "I had a really hard sand shot to within inches on 17 to tap in and then hit it within a foot on 18 to tap it in so those were easy birdies."

Angel Yin, of Arcadia, Calif., a co-champion of the Arizona Silver Belle Championship the last time it was held at Whirlwind in 2011, shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday and is tied with Kerley at fifth overall along with Allisen Corpuz of Honolulu, who shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday.

Mariel Galdiano of Pearl City, Hawaii, shot her second straight round of 70 and is alone in eighth at 4-under for the tournament.

Lisbeth Brooks, of Waunakee, Wis., a sophomore at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., shot an even-par 72 on Sunday and stands in ninth at 3-under over the two days.

A field of 110, including many top-ranked junior golfers, teed off Saturday to begin the 54-hole tournament that concludes on Monday.The Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event -- 18 holes over three days. This year, there was a cut after the first two rounds to the low 70 scores and ties, with at least half of the golfers in each age bracket playing the final round. The Silver Belle is unique in that there are both age division winners and an overall champion after the three days of competition. Points earned from the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship go toward players' World Amateur Golf Ranking.

ABOUT THE Arizona Silver Belle Championship

Prominent amateur golf tournament for junior girls and women 13 - 23 years of age who compete over 54 holes of stroke play. The field is flighted by age, but the overall champion may come from any age group.

Joanne Winter, one of 14 original Master Professionals in the LPGA's Teaching and Club Professional Division, founded the Arizona Silver Belle 1971. Winter was a noted athlete before beginning her love affair with golf. She pitched with the Racine Belles in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943-50 and later served as a consultant for the film, "A League Of Their Own," which chronicled the women's league. After retiring from the diamond, she turned to golf and won the Arizona State Women's Championship in 1962.

Entrants must provide a USGA Handicap Index of 15.0 or lower and supply a resume of tournament scores and other information as required by the golf registration system. The selection process is based upon this information and national ranking.

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